Insurers Have Duty To Defend Defamation Suit, Illinois Panel Finds In Reversal

(March 19, 2019, 7:50 AM EDT) -- CHICAGO — An Illinois panel on March 15 reversed a lower court in part in finding that homeowners and personal umbrella liability insurers have a duty to defend their insured against alleged defamatory conduct because it is unclear that the purported conduct fell under the business pursuits and intentional acts policy exclusions (Illinois Farmers Insurance Company, et al. v. Gerald Modory, et al., No. 1-18-0721, Ill. App., 1st Dist., 5th Div., 2019 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 418)....

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